Technological Revolutions and Safety in Archaeology

Google Earth

Google Earth has made it easy to see, explore and engage with sites of interest all over the world. This tool helps identify sites of interest, and creates initial analysis before anyone even steps foot on site.


LIDAR is an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging Technology. It helps create three dimensional, detailed images using laser beams and advanced technology. These technologies are advanced enough to create images through trees, forests and other vegetation


Similarly to Google Earth, drones help those interested capture vivid images from an angle otherwise unseen. Drones come in different shapes, sizes, and capabilities.

Shallow geophysics

These techniques are helpful in analyzing things like soil, magnetic feel, temperatures, etc., which help people get a good feel for the conditions.

Soil geochemistry

Soil is, and always has been a gateway into the past. The contents of soil tell us a lot about the history and events that took place in any given place.

Protecting These Technologies, Data, and Information

The above mentioned technologies help archaeologists with advancing their profession and the discoveries that their profession entails. There are so many technologies, data and imagery that are helping us learn more about the Earth’s history and story. As the dependence on technology increases in the world of archaeology, so does the need to protect the information, data and images that these technologies produce.

It is important that sensitive data is stored properly, like fresh food or valuable jewelry. Using sites and services such as, organizations, individuals and professionals are able to help keep their information secure and avoid compromising important pieces of data, information or images. There are many ways to protect your information, so it is important to use the resources available to determine the best ways to ensure that your work, information and findings are safe and protected from unwanted threats.